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and now Yemen falls - President not to seek re-election

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posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 04:43 AM

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Wednesday he will not seek re-election nor hand over power to his son once his current term ends in 2013.

"No extension, no inheritance," he told parliament.

Saleh had called an emergency parliamentary meeting, ahead of a "day of rage" protests scheduled for the following day. Saleh has been in office for 32 years and was last re-elected in 2006.

In recent weeks, thousands of people have taken to the streets in Yemen demanding the kind of change that forced Tunisia's president from office last month. Some of the protesters have called for Saleh to step down as president.

Earlier this year, Yemen's parliament began debating proposed amendments to the country's constitution. The measures, which would cancel presidential term limits, have sparked concerns among the opposition that Saleh might try to appoint himself president for life.

not a bit surprised here
however, I am wondering how this
is gonna affect those CIA drone strikes
since Yemen will have a new president soon.

Just goes along with the other Revolutions.

But 32 yrs is a long time to hold a presidency.
And Mubarek is going on 30 yrs.

And to be honest, I don't think he'll last in power
til 2013.


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